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Winner of a 2013 Gold Nautilus Book Award
Winner of a 2013 Gold Readers' Favorite International Book Award
Winner of a 2013 Silver Benjamin Franklin Book Award
ForeWord Book of the Year Award Finalist
We live in difficult, stressful times. You've read books and done workshops, but you still have to face so many stubborn obstacles. Yet it's often our pain and dissatisfaction that push us to seek a more conscious life.
Your Ultimate Life Planis the missing "how to" for getting unstuck and moving past your problems and into a richer and more meaningful life, creating lasting change, and making a difference. It's a roadmap to living your most happy, most authentic, most amazing life.
Your Ultimate Life Plan is a practical guide that will help you improve every moment of your life by teaching you how to build:
Your Ultimate Life Plan is the distillation of Dr. Howard's 20-plus years of experience as a licensed psychotherapist and spiritual teacher.
This "workshop in a book" will help you do more than understand your true self--you'll experience it.
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About the Author
Jennifer Howard, PhD, teaches the art of conscious living. She is an internationally acclaimed psychotherapist, life and business coach, professional speaker, teacher, and energy healer. A leading expert on spirituality and psychology, Dr. Howard has appeared on numerous national network television shows and is a Huffington Post blogger. As creator and host of the award-nominated radio talk show, A Conscious Life, her wisdom, warmth, and sense of humor shine through. She lives in New York. For more information, visit: DrJenniferHoward.com and YourUltimateLifePlan.com.
Table of Contents
Foreword Lama Surya Das 11
Introduction: Are You Ready to Live the Life You've Always Dreamed Of? 15
Part I The Foundation of a Conscious Life
Chapter 1 Why Aren't We Happier? 27
Chapter 2 Elements of a More Conscious Life 43
Chapter 3 Everything's an Inside Job: Understanding Your Personal Programming 65
Chapter 4 Journeying From Wounded Ego to Sacred Self 83
Chapter 5 Recognizing Distractions and Developing Discernment: Knowing Your Wise Inner Voice 107
Part II Exploring Multi-Level Consciousness
Chapter 6 Living a 4-D Life-Embracing the Four Dimensions of Consciousness 129
Chapter 7 The Action-Physical Dimension 145
Chapter 8 The Formation-Emotional Dimension 165
Chapter 9 The Creation-Mental Dimension 185
Chapter 10 The Emanation-Spiritual Dimension 205
Part III Your Ultimate Life Plan
Chapter 11 The Multidimensional Awareness Practice 223
Chapter 12 Meeting Every Moment Awake, Aware, and Alive 237
Chapter 13 Creating a Life (and World) That You Love 249
Recommended Reading 259
About the Author 287
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you’re ready to make some changes in your life, changes that address and heal the persistent problems you’ve struggled with for years, changes that lift up the emotional and spiritual quality of your day-to-day life, changes that last a lifetime, then this book is for you. "Your Ultimate Life Plan" is as deep psychologically as it is spiritually, which is rare. Dr. Jennifer Howard’s Conscious Living 2.0 principles and practices honor both perspectives, and because of that create a powerful foundation for growth and transformation. Dr. Howard doesn’t just share ideas, she takes you on a journey into yourself. This “workshop in a book” is filled with questions, guided meditations, and exercises which help you not only understand the concepts she’s writing about, but experience them. Dr. Howard’s take on the Four Dimensions of Consciousness—Action-Physical, Formation-Emotional, Creation-Mental and Emanation-Spiritual—are a revelation. Her explanation of the mindsets of each will change the way you look at yourself, others, and the world. Her Multidimensional Awareness Practice(TM) is just as unique and powerful, asking you not only to be aware of what’s arising in your experience, but to engage and work with it for profound healing. Your Ultimate Life Plan begins with the question, “Are you ready to live the life you’ve always dreamed of?” If you are, this book will help you get there.
Is it synchronicity that led E. M. Forster to name his novel Howards End, known for its key phrase “Only connect!”? He saw the malaise of our civilization as disconnection—from ourselves, our fellow humans and our planet itself. Yet we live as if we can exist apart from them, and this illusion has created a splintering of experience. This chasm between our interior and exterior worlds can be healed—become whole—when we restore these connections. Dr. Jennifer Howard shows us how in Your Ultimate Life Plan: How to Deeply Transform Your Everyday Experience and Create Changes That Last. When I first began therapy years ago, I thought of my unconscious as a “Pandora’s Box.” I know I am not the only one who believed this. I kept it tightly shut to prevent all hell from breaking loose, although occasionally a little squall escaped anyway. No one told me about the peace, joy and safety beyond the storms, where the rainbow lies. I muscled through my tempests of fears and illusions because not doing so became more scary that digging deeper. In Your Ultimate Life… Dr. Howard continually cheers you on through your process, reassuring you rainbows do exist. I can second that encouragement. Every exercise in Your Ultimate Life… enriches you. There is such a variety of what I call “flavors” in the meditations that you are sure to find some that speak to you deeply. You may find yourself doing them regularly long after you finish your reading. Like You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise L. Hay, Your Ultimate Life… is a resource you can return to over and over, each time taking it to a deeper level, throughout the course of your life. I have come to realize the final frontier is not outer space, but inner space. If life is a daring adventure, as Helen Keller writes, then its greatest payoff is in self-exploration. Your Ultimate Life… is your guide on this journey. On page 55, Dr. Howard writes: “As we learn to connect with our essence, we begin trusting ourselves.” For me, this is the greatest gift of all.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite In Your Ultimate Life Plan: How to Deeply Transform Your Everyday Experience and Create Changes That Last, Dr. Jennifer Howard sets out a program for those who are seeking something better in their lives. Her approach is the result of her own twenty-year search for enlightenment and healing. Howard is a psychotherapist who has also studied religious mysticism and philosophy. She brings this wealth of wisdom to play in a series of lessons on how to access and work with those things which hamper your spiritual progress; and how to achieve lasting healing and fulfillment. Her chapters are arranged as progressive lessons with study guides in the form of question work and guided meditations. Howard also has a website filled with additional resources for further study. Dr. Jennifer Howard's self-help book is an impressive guide to healing both on your own or with the help of a professional, be it a psychotherapist or spiritual adviser. While I had some problems working through the first few chapters and felt it necessary to reread them in order to get the gist of her message, I found my tenacity to be well-rewarded. Howard's approach is multi-cultural and accessible to anyone who is interested to being more than they are or is wondering if that's all there is. She shows you how to gently probe at childhood trauma and hurt and start the healing process, including understanding why that hurt happened in the first place. Howard cautions that one be wary of quick fixes and to expect that healing will be a lengthy and protracted process -- but one that is infinitely rewarding and that starts as you read and work with the concepts and guidance she shares with you. This is not your typical 10-minute guide to happiness; it's much more than that and well worth the effort.
Dr. Jennifer Howard has a natural essence about her that is profoundly motivational and inspirational, and she delivers her message in Your Ultimate Life Plan through truth and gentle understanding. Dr. Jennifer Howard reaches out to each reader of Your Ultimate Life Plan through words that resonate with each reader's personal harmonies, while also providing a sense of community for support as we each go through these life changes that can feel dark, overwhelming, confusing, and lonely. Your Ultimate Life Plan offers guidance through a uniquely innovative process that authentically encourages our true Self to reveal, creating remarkable and lasting changes that we may have never thought of before. I HIGHLY recommend this book for anyone who is ready, or thinks they may be ready, for truth and personal healing.
This book amazing! The tools given by Dr. Jennifer are applicable to everyone. No matter who you are or where you are in your life, this book can transform you!" --Gina Hussar, Founder of 30 Seconds to Peace